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#1 MR.CLEAN

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:25 PM

Thanks to Hall Marine Group, we are completely pimped out today in a 44-foot Sea Ray. It's like a P.Diddy video without all the girls, but we do have Mer, Katie, and a cute photog from the Charleston Mercury aboard. It should make posting a LOT easier, if the wind ever fills in.

At the moment, it's less than five knots from the Southeast, but we all expect it to fill in more or less from the South. According to Category 5, who's pretty damned good at this, it should be a decent day of racing today, with the nasties rolling in around 4 PM or later. Lightning show tonight, and maybe...maybe a bit less than 25 sustained tomorrow. It could be 20, but it could be 40, apparently, so today might be the end of the regatta.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:41 PM

Thanks to Hall Marine Group, we are completely pimped out today in a 44-foot Sea Ray. It's like a P.Diddy video without all the girls, but we do have Mer, Katie, and a cute photog from the Charleston Mercury aboard. It should make posting a LOT easier, if the wind ever fills in.

At the moment, it's less than five knots from the Southeast, but we all expect it to fill in more or less from the South. According to Category 5, who's pretty damned good at this, it should be a decent day of racing today, with the nasties rolling in around 4 PM or later. Lightning show tonight, and maybe...maybe a bit less than 25 sustained tomorrow. It could be 20, but it could be 40, apparently, so today might be the end of the regatta.


Clean:

Which course are you on? (Lat/Lon would be helpful).

The wind should have dropped to 4-6 and moved right from 30 minutes ago...(Transitional period)

OVER

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:42 PM

32D 40.91M N
07D 48.49M W

Thanks Mark. Just heard the Anarchy flag start flapping a bit - fingers crossed!

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:45 PM

Luiz just called in, and said that the harbor course looks like it's starting. We might get a call from one of the J/24 guys in between races. We might take off if we get nothing in a few more minutes.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:48 PM

We met a bunch of great guys last night - Justin and Katie on J/35 Pagan - and I love what they told us the name stands for: "People Against Goodness and Normalcy." sweet.

It looks like we might get a start soon.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:50 PM

hey Clean, do you know which Melges the Afro Canadian is sailing on? He is sailing on the same boat as Justin Hood, just can't remember with who.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:54 PM

hey Clean, do you know which Melges the Afro Canadian is sailing on? He is sailing on the same boat as Justin Hood, just can't remember with who.

I'll see if I can find out bro. Dan Dickison is sailing on Vamoose, I think he used to be the editor of Sailing World. He was supposed to be doing the press releases, but I ended up doing them. Here, check out my office:

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 02:56 PM

Wind is HERE! about 8 knots, from 120 degrees. They're getting the marks set now, expect a start in ten minutes or so.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:00 PM

Wind is HERE! about 8 knots, from 120 degrees. They're getting the marks set now, expect a start in ten minutes or so.


Tomorrow looks lovely....

http://www.nssl.noaa...preciploop.html

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:06 PM

Holy crap, the PHRF A class just started, and every boat was over early. General called them back. The Farr 36 Meridian is really good up there - squeezed out Decision and a couple of others, but all for naught.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:07 PM

Curtis is on a 24 not a 32.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:07 PM

Man, I wish I had this ride yesterday, we would have had some sick coverage. Lesson learned.

6 minutes for re-start.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:08 PM

Here's the sail trainer Harvey Gamage (sp?) coming into Charleston on their way to join the Maritime Festival next month. They've got 8 or 10 good tall ships coming to town, what a good time of year for it.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:13 PM

Killer job reporting Clean! Wish I was there.

If you get any pics from PHRF F Evelyn 32 "Double H", aim for THE MAN trimming main.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:16 PM

That was a sweet-ass start! The M32 Vamoose won the pin and was flying, while roXanne was stuck on the wrong side of the RC boat, but 2 minutes later the right boats like roXanne look like gold. TP52 Decision had a mediocre start, with the Farr 36 and with Sister Golden Hair both giving her bad air, but she's gone now. I feel bad for the 120's in this breeze, it looks like not so much fun.

J/109's next.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:31 PM

That was funny, Rush had a nice start, and Chicken came in on port, late, ducked everyone, and now is flying in the bigger pressure out to the right. 105's next.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:35 PM

Check it out - Convexity just slammed Savasana out at the boat. Not too much yelling - but Convex probably won the start with Masquerade just to leeward, Rum at Six next. Savasana was almost a minute late after having to do a circle to get back to the line. Brother Cowboy on Revelation out of Savannah was about 5 minutes late, but smiling and having a good time anyway. Pics are coming in a few minutes, and we're going to hang out here at the leeward gates to see if anything good happens.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:38 PM

Mark Rounding - top mark from Luiz

Decision
Vamoose
Meridian
Yellow Jacket
Sister Golden Hair
roXanne

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:41 PM

Check it out - Convexity just slammed Savasana out at the boat. Not too much yelling - but Convex probably won the start with Masquerade just to leeward, Rum at Six next. Savasana was almost a minute late after having to do a circle to get back to the line. Brother Cowboy on Revelation out of Savannah was about 5 minutes late, but smiling and having a good time anyway. Pics are coming in a few minutes, and we're going to hang out here at the leeward gates to see if anything good happens.


Clean:

The adjusted wind pressures are now on target. Three reporting stations just to your west now confirm 16mph from 170.

Winds will be on the increase with a persistent right shift until 170-180 on your course for the balance of the afternoon.

The front that is approaching is about to pick up gulf moisture and by 1500HRS this afternoon I expect watches and warnings for T-storms and possible tornados across the lower Mississippi valley, western Florida, Western SC and GA.

A nice convective burst is now happening over lower central Mississippi.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:42 PM

109's at the mark...

1 evonne.com
2 Rush
3 Afterthought

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:44 PM

Luiz is going to get the 105's rounding order next. Decision is already back down here.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 03:55 PM

That must have been one hell of a first beat. Check out what Savasana did!
21 - Big Booty
18 - Savasana
20 - Rum At Six
22 - Go II
15 - Convexity
11 - Maquerade
14 - Revelation
16 - DOA
23 - Jazzy

And wait til you see the pics we just got of Melges 32 Vamoose going backward with the kite up at the leeward mark. OOPS!

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:16 PM

Yvonne.com and Rush split at the leeward mark, just after Loose Fish (J/120) totally screwed the Hendo Minor Threat. MT had overlap by a ton and Loose Fish called out "Don't go in there."

Really crappy move by LF.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:22 PM

105's at the bottom:
1) Big Booty
2) Savasana
3) Rum at Six
4) Go-II
5) Convexity
6) Masquerade

Pics loading now...

Also, PHRF B at the mark:

1) As-IF
2) NKE
3) Temptress
4) Esse
5) Tin Man (Antrim 27)

Mount Gay 30s ???

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:32 PM

Clean:

The adjusted wind pressures are now on target. Three reporting stations just to your west now confirm 16mph from 170.

Winds will be on the increase with a persistent right shift until 170-180 on your course for the balance of the afternoon.

The front that is approaching is about to pick up gulf moisture and by 1500HRS this afternoon I expect watches and warnings for T-storms and possible tornados across the lower Mississippi valley, western Florida, Western SC and GA.

A nice convective burst is now happening over lower central Mississippi.



OMIGOD, that thing looks like its going to explode!

Sail safely kiddies.

Cheers,

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:33 PM

Here we go. PHRF A:

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:46 PM

Quick interlude - we're on the shore course now transferring a photog and media chick to another boat, and we're watching the melges for a few minutes. Here are the first leeward mark roundings:

16 - Sick Puppy
20 - Team Gill
09 - Fu
3 - Riot Act
8 - Firewater
2 - Blur
12 - MMallow
7 - Cre8tive Juice
19 - Spray
03 - Brilliant
22 - Wireless

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:57 PM

Team Gill just rounded the top mark about 20 boatlengths ahead of the fleet. GO SIMON!!

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 05:00 PM

J/80's at the mark

Outrageous
Angry Chameleon
Rocket Dog
Sweet Baby J
Raptor
Bone Chillin'
Geronimo

But here's the funny part - Outrageous lost the foot of their kite on the hoist and rolled over it, coming to a screeching halt. There's a big catamaran out here with about 50 spectators aboard, and they all cheered and whistled as the Chameleon rolled by them - Outrageous didn't get going until they lost three boats!

Then Geronimo did the same thing, and they're still going backwards.

Breeze is up to 12 or so - fucking great racing!

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 05:04 PM

Pics from before on the ocean



J/24's at the top mark

Classic
Dr. Feelgood
Jesus Lizard
Sea Plane
Latte
My Heine
Plan B

Melgi back on the way up...and some more pics coming.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 05:12 PM

Melges 24's at the top mark again: Looks like a 7 leg race:

1) Team Gill
2) Fu (Go detroit bitches!)
3) MMallow
4) Sick Puppy
5) Blur
6) Cre8tive
7) Riot Act
8) Spray
9) Tiburon
10) Wireless

Breeze is solid.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 05:23 PM

okay, the last of Mer's pics from the ocean course. And yes, BJ, I know her sensor's got a smudge on it...no time for Photoshop out here, bro.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 05:26 PM

J/24 Finishes:

Jesus Lizard
Sea Plane
Dr. Feelgood
Classic
Latte
My Heine
Plan B

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 05:32 PM

Melges 24 Finish:

Team Gill
MMallow
Fu
Sick Puppy
Cre8ive Juice
Blur
Tiburon
Spray
Firewater
Wireless
Brilliant
Riot Act.

One more race ahead - it looks like the RC knows it's 50/50 at best for racing tomorrow. We're headed to the start.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 05:41 PM

Okay here are the rest of those ocean pics.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:14 PM

Sorry for the delay - the wind is doing some weird shit...It's only blowing 5-7 now, and it's back down to 120 degrees as the clouds start to roll in. They're getting puffy and big, and I think everyone is waiting to see the huge southerly shift that's somewhere in there.

Results are going up, check 'em out... http://www.yachtscor..._cumulative.cfm

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:21 PM

Gettin set for a Melges start.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:23 PM

Gettin set for a Melges start.

good job Clean,
Keep it up

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:38 PM

My boys on Team Gill just had a ridiculously good start - they're getting dialled in now for sure. Madrigali had them at the RC boat, a touch late, and they tacked away to the right immediately. The current is unbelieveable out on the left, and they squirted so fast and so hard. We'll see if it paid off when they get to the bottom in a few.

J/24 Short Bus did the exact same thing, and they're gone. Behind them were Classic, My Heine, and Kia Ora

The rest of the classes saw everything, and now they're going to be crowding the hell out of the boat.

Wind is holding at 120 degrees, 7 knots, and we're all waiting for the big righty - but in this case, the current said "go right" as well.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:40 PM

The little B-25 (PHRF G) boat Phantom got T-boned between races by Melges 24 "Room 444 Improvement." I love it when names are accurate!

Phantom's got a great bullseye star repair on the side made of "Carolina Chrome."

I've got shitloads more pics, Mer's just getting them formatted for me now.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:49 PM

Shit, maybe Gill went too far right. He's back to around fifth. Rounding coming up.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 06:55 PM

Alright, Melges 24's around the bottom mark:

-Riot Act
-Blur
-Fu
-Catawampas
-Firewater
-Team Gill
-MMallow
-Spray
-Tango
-Screaming Mimi
-Sick Puppy
-Big Sky
-Cre8tive Juice

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:03 PM

Tell everyone to tie 'em up tight tonight with the storms coming thru. '94 Sunfish NA's we had boats literally flying when a big thunder cell came thru, chest high. We were at James Island Y.C. just off the course on the harbor.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:11 PM

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:12 PM

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:14 PM

Tell everyone to tie 'em up tight tonight with the storms coming thru. '94 Sunfish NA's we had boats literally flying when a big thunder cell came thru, chest high. We were at James Island Y.C. just off the course on the harbor.

Yeah, they're getting the word out. Southerly isn't such a bad direction for the inner harbor at Patriots, but there are a lot of little boats rafted up. I just hope they get to race tomorrow.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:16 PM

Second top mark for the melges:

1) Fu
20 Blur
3) Gill
4) Riot Act
5) MMallow
6) Firewater
7) Spray
8) Catawampas
9) Cre8tive juice
10) Sick puppy
11) Screaming Mimi
12) Tango
13) Big sky

Strangely, Bill Blank on Brilliant was second to last at that one - he was really fast yesterday. Maybe the co-owner is driving?

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:24 PM

We're not staying out for the finish, since we've got to go and see what happened on the ocean and they're on their way in now. I did just get a message from Farr 36 Meridian - a pair of fours are barely keeping them in the hunt as the wind died out on the race course.

Check out http://www.yachtscor..._cumulative.cfm for the results in a few minutes. I've got to get some booze in me before I die of thirst, or just of too much work.

I probably should have started off with this post, but anyway, here's the press release I wrote last night.

Friday’s dawn brought an unexpected gift for the eight offshore classes that sailed on two courses outside of Charleston Harbor today. Despite dire predictions of calms, a ten-knot Northeasterly provided plenty of breeze for all offshore classes to start on time, with close tactical racing in most of the fleets. The breeze didn’t make it into the harbor, leaving the Melges 24, J/80, J/24 and PHRF G class with some time to kill. Most of them didn’t mind too much, since there were bottlenose dolphins to entertain the inshore fleet.



Meanwhile, the scratch boat in the A fleet showed what a truly modern race boat is capable of. The TP52 Decision beat the fleet by over 15 minutes, getting her only bullet of the day, while two Melges 32’s match-raced their way around the course, finishing within seconds of one another. According to Dan Dickison, crewing on Melges 32 Vamoose, the racing between the two boats was more than just close. “I think the total elapsed time difference for all three races between us and roXanne was probably 70 seconds.” That was enough for the North Carolina-based roXanne to take the lead of this tough class, despite her and Vamoose being the shortest boat in the class.



It’s no secret that super light sport boats are fast in these kind of light conditions, so it was a bit of a surprise to see the not-quite-sport boat Beneteau 10R NKE prevail over some of the more powered-up boats in the class, like the SR33 As If, which sits in second. It shouldn’t be such a surprise given NKE helmsman Don Finkle has had so much success in Beneteau classes, and Don won at least one race by only one second on corrected time. When the breeze gets up, these speedsters should be a lot of fun to watch.



The U.S. representative team for the Pan-Am games aboard J/24 Jesus Lizard rafted up with some of their hometown friends while the fleet milled around in light, extremely shifty conditions. The expected southerly didn’t show up until after 1 p.m., and the Race Committee made the most of it, banging off three races in quick succession. The course location stretches over shoals and channels, and local knowledge proved the key, with Josh Putnam picking the right current lines and eddies to power Jesus Lizard to a strong lead in the J/24 class, despite an I-flag OCS that made the third race a tough one.



The locals did their thing in the Melges class as well, despite some serious out-of-town talent competing. Ned Goss, tactician aboard Reggie Fairchild’s Wireless, pointed their boat to a 4,2,1 scoreline, “We just played the current as much as we possibly could, and it worked for us.” Three out of the top four Melges 24’s are from Charleston, and their advantage is obvious, at least in the light winds that dominated today. Olympic medalist and former Soling World Champion Jeff Madrigali, crewing with Team Gill, said, “We’re happy with our improvement today [10,6,3] as we’re learning to sail with each other for the first time as we build up to the Santa Cruz Melges Worlds next month. The current in the harbor is tough, but we’re having a great time and we’re looking forward to more breeze tomorrow.”



With more wind, possible rain, and even a thunderstorm or two, he should get his wish. In the meantime, the racers will try to sleep off the plentiful Dark n’ Stormies and pounds of Frogmore Stew (shrimp, corn and potatoes) and get ready for some more tough racing and competition tomorrow. Be sure to check out www.charlestonraceweek.com <http://e2ma.net/go/5...nraceweek.com/> for the links to live, on-the-water coverage, starting at 10:00 AM.



Charleston Race Week is an event of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation and the Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA). Profits from the event support the construction and operation of the Spirit of South Carolina, a classic tall ship serving South Carolina’s youth. Charleston Race Week is sponsored by Raymarine, Gosling’s Rum, Charleston Harbor Resort, SLAM, Charleston Boatworks, Vineyard Vines, West Marine, Hall Marine, and Latis Yachting Solutions.


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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:30 PM

Wind speed at 3:00PM at Charleston: CHARLESTON MOSUNNY 76 59 55 SE18 29.95F

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:42 PM

Clean, LZ, and all. just got off the phone with Don Finkle driving 10R NKE, I told him he was doing great, he asked how I knew.
I said Sailing Anarchy!
Great job! Keep those pics comin'

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:06 PM

Weather Statement is coming up. RC is reading it to the entire fleet.

This is straight out Brad Van Liew's mouth:

"There is severe weather forecast for the overnight hours that may make it impossible for us to hold a race tomorrow, but we will wait to make that judgment until tomorrow morning. In the mean time, we've amended the Sailing Instructions to allow for boats to haul out overnight if they choose to do so."

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:09 PM

THANK GOD that they're not pulling the plug. If tomorrow shows 20-25 it would be epic, and it would be a shame to miss it. The real problem is that there will be a real light show tonight, and the Melgi and other really light, rafted up boats need to not be on the water unless they've got some real lines and big-ass fenders.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:23 PM

Man, that really shows a GREAT race committee that can roll with the punches and adjust to extenuating conditions.

CLEAN, keep up the great work!

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:26 PM

Weather Statement is coming up. RC is reading it to the entire fleet.

This is straight out Brad Van Liew's mouth:

"...... In the mean time, we've amended the Sailing Instructions to allow for boats to haul out overnight if they choose to do so."


Oh my God! Common Sense!

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:30 PM

Man, that really shows a GREAT race committee that can roll with the punches and adjust to extenuating conditions.

CLEAN, keep up the great work!

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Yeah, this great, doing on-line traffic school and watching premiereship football, while following the racing.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:37 PM

Oh my God! Common Sense!

IB

I know - scary, ain't it. I have to tell you, Brad and L_Z and Tim Wilkes and I were hanging out pretty late last night (the hotel lost the keys to the press room, and no one could get their crap or their room keys so we were stuck in the bar until someone showed up) and they are top-drawer mofos. He was telling stories from the Around Alone that had me crying laughing. He's pretty new to race management, and as a racer he can't imagine sending people home early. That being said, the forecast is not fire and brimstone - it's a tough, stormy night, with good breeze tomorrow that might be too much, or it might not. I suppose some people will go home, and the irony is that the folks who usually go home in the face of big breeze are the ones that need to get out in it the most.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:40 PM

Melges Race 6 results are just in, and it looks like a great battle if they can get out there tomorrow. Looks like when the drop is factored in (which L_Z is working on now), Team Gill and MMallow are going to be tied up, with local Reggie Fairchild one point behind.

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:47 PM

I know - scary, ain't it. I have to tell you, Brad and L_Z and Tim Wilkes and I were hanging out pretty late last night (the hotel lost the keys to the press room, and no one could get their crap or their room keys so we were stuck in the bar until someone showed up) and they are top-drawer mofos. He was telling stories from the Around Alone that had me crying laughing. He's pretty new to race management, and as a racer he can't imagine sending people home early. That being said, the forecast is not fire and brimstone - it's a tough, stormy night, with good breeze tomorrow that might be too much, or it might not. I suppose some people will go home, and the irony is that the folks who usually go home in the face of big breeze are the ones that need to get out in it the most.


Clean- Just sent you a Wx synopsis.

The pyrotechnics may or may not be all that exciting tonight. Right now it looks like there will be some but not a ridiculous amount. The storm doesn't really get it's act together until it is in Morehead City, NC tomorrow.

More later

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 08:50 PM

I know - scary, ain't it. I have to tell you, Brad and L_Z and Tim Wilkes and I were hanging out pretty late last night (the hotel lost the keys to the press room, and no one could get their crap or their room keys so we were stuck in the bar until someone showed up) and they are top-drawer mofos. He was telling stories from the Around Alone that had me crying laughing. He's pretty new to race management, and as a racer he can't imagine sending people home early. That being said, the forecast is not fire and brimstone - it's a tough, stormy night, with good breeze tomorrow that might be too much, or it might not. I suppose some people will go home, and the irony is that the folks who usually go home in the face of big breeze are the ones that need to get out in it the most.


Just shows that many of the racers need to pay their dues, do RC work and make these kinds of decisions (me included)

P.S. Go FIREWATER(M24)...local DIYC (Tampa Bay) boat, new owner and put together local crew. I'm sure they're learning a lot!

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 09:02 PM

Here's the actual official statement by the RC:

"The weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow indicates severe weather and may cause cancellation of Sunday's racing.

If you elect to haul your boat this afternoon, Charleston Yacht Club on station for your hoist. The Sailing Instructions are being amended to allow for overnight haulout. This is for information only."

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 09:59 PM

Here's the actual official statement by the RC:

"The weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow indicates severe weather and may cause cancellation of Sunday's racing.

If you elect to haul your boat this afternoon, Charleston Yacht Club on station for your hoist. The Sailing Instructions are being amended to allow for overnight haulout. This is for information only."



Thanks, Alan, for your efforts. Hope that tonight and tomorrow aren't as bad as the weather folk are predicting.

What about the magazines.....I've got a wedding in three weeks (not mine, I'm working on 45 years this Sept), my daughter's. Need to clear off the porch.

Cheers,

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 11:44 PM

So, hey just got here and was looking to see what happened at/after 6:00 pm. Great reporting up till then. Just curious. :blink:

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 12:14 AM

It is a shame we have tooooo many forums...........................................................

As long as they are more like this, I say bring 'em on.

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 06:13 AM

Severe weather now imminent in Charleston:

TONADO WARNING now posted to the WSW and North of the city.

Tornado Warning
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
210 AM EDT SUN APR 15 2007

SCC015-150620-
/O.EXP.KCHS.TO.W.0006.000000T0000Z-070415T0615Z/
BERKELEY SC-
210 AM EDT SUN APR 15 2007

...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR BERKELEY COUNTY WILL EXPIRE AT 215 AM
EDT...

AT 210 AM EDT...RADAR INDICATED THAT THE TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM WHICH
PROMPTED THE WARNING HAD MOVED OUT OF THE WARNED AREA...THUS THE
TORNADO WARNING BEEN ALLOWED TO EXPIRE.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER ONLY...PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN CHARLESTON TOLL FREE AT 1-888-383-2024 OR EMAIL YOUR
REPORTS TO CHS.SKYWARN@NOAA.GOV.

LAT...LON 3341 8000 3329 7984 3347 7962 3363 7989

$$







--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Severe Weather Statement
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
210 AM EDT SUN APR 15 2007

SCC015-150620-
/O.EXP.KCHS.TO.W.0006.000000T0000Z-070415T0615Z/
BERKELEY SC-
210 AM EDT SUN APR 15 2007

...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR BERKELEY COUNTY WILL EXPIRE AT 215 AM
EDT...

AT 210 AM EDT...RADAR INDICATED THAT THE TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM WHICH
PROMPTED THE WARNING HAD MOVED OUT OF THE WARNED AREA...THUS THE
TORNADO WARNING BEEN ALLOWED TO EXPIRE.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER ONLY...PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN CHARLESTON TOLL FREE AT 1-888-383-2024 OR EMAIL YOUR
REPORTS TO CHS.SKYWARN@NOAA.GOV.

LAT...LON 3341 8000 3329 7984 3347 7962 3363 7989

$$




TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 145
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
205 AM EDT SUN APR 15 2007

TORNADO WATCH 145 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 AM EDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

AMZ250-252-254-256-330-350-352-151300-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0145.070415T0605Z-070415T1300Z/

CW

. ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS INCLUDED ARE

COASTAL WATERS FROM SURF CITY TO CAPE FEAR NC OUT 20 NM

COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE FEAR NC TO LITTLE RIVER INLET SC OUT 20
NM

COASTAL WATERS FROM LITTLE RIVER INLET TO MURRELLS INLET SC OUT
20 NM

COASTAL WATERS FROM MURRELLS INLET TO SOUTH SANTEE RIVER SC OUT
20 NM

CHARLESTON HARBOR

COASTAL WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20
NM

COASTAL WATERS FROM EDISTO BEACH SC TO SAVANNAH GA OUT 20 NM

$$
ATTN...WFO...CAE...CHS...ILM...

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 06:53 AM

Well, let's see... the preliminary results with the "throw-outs" are up.

On the weather front, I (we) have a bunch to thank Mark Michaelsen (DryArmour / Castegory5) for all the time, help and support he has given me/us this weekend (and every other time we/I asked him for weather when working at an event!). We've been doing the phone/net/reports since 8AM and everything that has been said so far, is materializing.

It is now 2:46AM and the light show has started. Blowing like stink! Brad Van Liew and the Race Organization have done a great job in amending the SI based on the pending weather. Their vision is not only to provide the best racing but also to ensure that everyone and their boats are safe. They have gone as far as making all of the arrangements with Charleston Boat Works to have boats hauled out this evening if they (owner) chose to do so.

All competitors were notified of the impending weather and given their options (SI amendment notification) immediately after finishing race 6 and once their were on shore, they were notifies again during dinner. It is going to be a long night and we'll probably be up for most of it making sure the boats are OK.

Morning will tell and a call will be made then.

Gotta tell you... it's my first time at Charleston Race Week and if you haven't done this event before, you ought to put it in your agenda for next year. One of the best venues, organization, racing and everything you can ask for. BTW, the OA booked the entire resort for the event and we are still wondering how they accepted to host us in the first place. This is an awesome place and the management has gone way and above their means to cater to us and make us feel at home. I'm sure we'll be back with a larger group than this year!

Time to go to bed as I'm sure I'll be getting a wake up call in about an hour to go check on the boats.

Cheers.

More in the morning.

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 12:59 PM

Clean, LZ, and all. just got off the phone with Don Finkle driving 10R NKE, I told him he was doing great, he asked how I knew.
I said Sailing Anarchy!
Great job! Keep those pics comin'

Quick


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Posted 15 April 2007 - 02:05 PM

April 15, 2007: Notice
Sunday racing has been canceled due to weather conditions.

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 02:11 PM

April 15, 2007: Notice
Sunday racing has been canceled due to weather conditions.


Likely a good call. There is tornadic activity to the SW (moving NE) and a line of severe thunderstorms yet to cross the race area. (Should do so in the next few hours)

The low pressure system creating this situation will develop in to a peppy storm beginning now through tomorrow morning with winds sharply on the increase over the next six hours in the coastal waters.

Tough call for the RC but a good call in the interest of safety...

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 08:11 AM

Well, let's see... the preliminary results with the "throw-outs" are up.

On the weather front, I (we) have a bunch to thank Mark Michaelsen (DryArmour / Castegory5) for all the time, help and support he has given me/us this weekend (and every other time we/I asked him for weather when working at an event!). We've been doing the phone/net/reports since 8AM and everything that has been said so far, is materializing.

It is now 2:46AM and the light show has started. Blowing like stink! Brad Van Liew and the Race Organization have done a great job in amending the SI based on the pending weather. Their vision is not only to provide the best racing but also to ensure that everyone and their boats are safe. They have gone as far as making all of the arrangements with Charleston Boat Works to have boats hauled out this evening if they (owner) chose to do so.

All competitors were notified of the impending weather and given their options (SI amendment notification) immediately after finishing race 6 and once their were on shore, they were notifies again during dinner. It is going to be a long night and we'll probably be up for most of it making sure the boats are OK.

Morning will tell and a call will be made then.

Gotta tell you... it's my first time at Charleston Race Week and if you haven't done this event before, you ought to put it in your agenda for next year. One of the best venues, organization, racing and everything you can ask for. BTW, the OA booked the entire resort for the event and we are still wondering how they accepted to host us in the first place. This is an awesome place and the management has gone way and above their means to cater to us and make us feel at home. I'm sure we'll be back with a larger group than this year!

Time to go to bed as I'm sure I'll be getting a wake up call in about an hour to go check on the boats.

Cheers.

More in the morning.


Congratulations to Meagan and Brad and a host of Volunteers who pulled off a GREAT party in Mt Pleasant. I saw a few volunteers who obviously missed out on some sleep but still wore big grins. The race committees and judges did a tough job and made it seem easy from this racer's point of view.
Great competition even in the PHRF non-spinnaker class where some boats didn't make the time limit in a few races. It was great fun to Port Tack the fleet at the start in 3 of 6 races. Thanks for the memories, we will remember taking our 150 rating around the windward mark ahead of Bubba's 115 until we get to do it again next year. :D

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 02:10 PM

hey Clean, do you know which Melges the Afro Canadian is sailing on? He is sailing on the same boat as Justin Hood, just can't remember with who.



PF--

Juggy and Curtis were sailing a Melgi called Riot Act. J-Ho is not home yet. OR, if he is he at least didn't show up for work today.

Perhaps he found some new talent in Charlelston and decided to stay ?

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 03:34 PM

Dear Clean,
thanks for the great shots and some of the comments.
'
Yvonne.com and Rush split at the leeward mark, just after Loose Fish (J/120) totally screwed the Hendo Minor Threat. MT had overlap by a ton and Loose Fish called out "Don't go in there."

Really crappy move by LF. '

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Let us go back and tell me why I did wrong in Shutting out another boat in our class? You can't just go in there.


I am always willing to learn. so, Learn Me.

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 03:55 PM

Dear Clean,
thanks for the great shots and some of the comments.
'
Yvonne.com and Rush split at the leeward mark, just after Loose Fish (J/120) totally screwed the Hendo Minor Threat. MT had overlap by a ton and Loose Fish called out "Don't go in there."

Really crappy move by LF. '

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Let us go back and tell me why I did wrong in Shutting out another boat in our class? You can't just go in there.
I am always willing to learn. so, Learn Me.

No worries - I always call 'em like I see 'em, and I was in a great position to see MT overlapped with you for at least 5 BL's before the mark. MT's bow was at your stern, which meant that his entire bowsprit was overlapped with you. I'd have protested and had you tossed. Overlap is often a sujective thing when you're aboard, but from our angle we could see it with the utmost clarity. I'll fire up Mer's computer later, I think I've got pics of the rounding so you can see what I'm talking about.

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 04:38 PM

oh, I know remember, you have a good shot of it too. We were not overlapped at 2 boat lengths. we did our takedown early and decelerated. they kept the chute up and kept the speed.

Is not the 'onus' on overtaking boats to prove an overlap? or is onus not used anymore ... ; )

They still had no rights.. says me.

Sail Safe!

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 05:44 PM

Second top mark for the melges:

1) Fu
20 Blur
3) Gill
4) Riot Act
5) MMallow
6) Firewater
7) Spray
8) Catawampas
9) Cre8tive juice
10) Sick puppy
11) Screaming Mimi
12) Tango
13) Big sky

Strangely, Bill Blank on Brilliant was second to last at that one - he was really fast yesterday. Maybe the co-owner is driving?


Same crew, we just made some changes to the rig we shouldn't have and didn't have the best day!

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 12:34 AM

Same crew, we just made some changes to the rig we shouldn't have and didn't have the best day!


You back in the game???? I thought you were taking a siesta.

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 12:44 PM

You back in the game???? I thought you were taking a siesta.


I was thinking of it but decided to keep playing..

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:14 AM

No worries - I always call 'em like I see 'em, and I was in a great position to see MT overlapped with you for at least 5 BL's before the mark. MT's bow was at your stern, which meant that his entire bowsprit was overlapped with you. I'd have protested and had you tossed. Overlap is often a sujective thing when you're aboard, but from our angle we could see it with the utmost clarity. I'll fire up Mer's computer later, I think I've got pics of the rounding so you can see what I'm talking about.


Let's see the pics.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 01:21 AM

hey Clean, do you know which Melges the Afro Canadian is sailing on? He is sailing on the same boat as Justin Hood, just can't remember with who.


Caught a picture of him at a finish, the boat is was on is Big Sky

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 01:23 AM

Caught a picture of him at a finish, the boat is was on is Big Sky



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Posted 18 April 2007 - 02:26 AM

Let's see the pics.

I'll get to it when I'm done studying for the stupid exam I have in the morning, she's got 3000 pics from this weekend, not particularly well-indexed. I forgot how to study, but apparently not how to procrastinate.

As for the incident, regardless of what the pics I find, we were, as you probably saw, less than 60 feet from the gates. I saw overlap well before the 2 BL circle. Not the bow, but the sprit for sure. SailRacer, yes the onus is on the boat trying to claim overlap - but it was pretty obvious to everyone on the boat, most of whom were racers. I didn't write about it until it was apparent there was no red flag, and I probably would have avoided writing about it if there was, but like i said, to us it was obvious. If you saw it differently, I understand - but it's amazing how much more clear rules issues are when you're sitting on a power boat just outside the gates.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:14 AM

I really didn't get to see much of it because I was on the bow of the Hendo preparing to douse the chute. All I know is it was an intense rounding for us and LF stalled just before they got to the mark.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 01:26 PM

I must admit that I was busy trimming the chute, snack-tating , grinding in main for rounding, and final jib trim.

the fact that the 2 boatlength starts at 2 x our 40' boat plus any length of the prod (8')? so that might equal 96 feet and at speed reaching some would say (Dave Perry) the circle was larger.

Photos show the hendo outside of us. Either way it was interesting as I used to race on the Melges 30 Lighthorse and am aware of how those type of boats can squirt (for lack of a better term).
Please pm me if you have good picks. It was a FULL weekend of action for me 'multi-tasking'on a J120.
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P.S. Who wants to crew with tonight on the Lake of Norman?

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 01:33 PM

Mr. Clean,
The picture of the African American sailor on Big Sky is in the Photo Forum under More CRW Inshore Pics. Hope you enjoyed CRW and come back next year. _/)

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 08:11 PM

[Sail Safe!

P.S. Who wants to crew with tonight on the Lake of Norman?
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ummm...pass!! Heading to Bald Head Island tomorrow. I am doing RC a bunch for the Wed Night series though. Clean is right about things look so clear from chase / crew / RC boat.

How's the house coming or that taboo here? You have so many rules...




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